Make a Calendar with Hardware Store Finds

Put a stack of paint chips to work marking the dates on a clothesline-style calendar.

memo frame

This calendar will keep you organized. After you build the frame and add twine to the back, write the days of the week on paint chips and use mini clothespins to attach each chip to the line. Get creative with color placement or by marking holidays, birthdays, and other significant days with a special color.

What You Need

  • Two 8-foot door casings
  • Miter box, saw
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Spray paint
  • Staple gun
  • Jute twine
  • Sawtooth hook
  • Hammer

Step 1: Gather Materials

memo frame materials

Gather materials. To save time, look for primed door casings at your local home improvement center.

Step 2: Cut Wood Casing

memo frame saw corners

Cut the door casings into four 48-inch pieces. Use a miter box and saw to cut the ends of each piece at opposite 45-degree angles. Use a miter box and handsaw to cut trim at a 45-degree angle.

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Step 3: Glue Frame Pieces Together

memo frame glue

Join the ends using wood glue to create a frame that measures approximately 48 inches square.

Step 4: Spray Paint Frame

memo frame spray paint

Use clamps to hold the corners together while the glue dries. Spray-paint the frame in your desired color.

Step 5: Staple Twine Rows

memo frame staple gun twine

Staple the jute twine to the back of the frame. Attach one end at the top left-hand corner, stretch the twine taut to the opposite side, and staple. Measure down about 6 inches, and staple the twine again to start a new row. Continue snaking the twine back and forth across the frame until you have seven rows.

Step 6: Add Picture Hanging Hardware

memo frame hammer

Add a sawtooth hook at the top of the frame, and hang.

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